Just make sure you don't buy what you don't need, and use what you buy. Otherwise, wasted is still wasted, even if you "saved" money buying it.
Some people here will tell you that buying from this store or that wholesale club will save even more, and they may have a point, so do whatever fits your budget and time.
Am I doing something wrong here? You'd think that food in the Midwest would be cheaper.
Plus Michigan just seems to have a lot of independent grocers. More than anywhere else I've lived.
I used to have a lot better luck with coupons than I do now. Our grocery choices are very limited where I live and we try to do a once a month *big* shop at the commissary on base - which really isn't that much cheaper anymore and has really narrowed the brand selection drastically.
I don't shop at china-mart .. our other choices for local-ish groceries are Publix (expensive) Winn Dixie ..meh.. the store is clean anyway and one called Pick-n-Save that has weird to me brands and attaches a sur charge on everything .. someone explained how that's legal to me once but I've since forgotten. It's still cheaper than the big chain stores but it's a small store with not much that I use.
Coupons are generaly for things I don't use.. packaged crap.. baby items and a whole lot of proctor and gamble items - which are forbidden in my house.
Produce and meats I don't find coupons for and that's the major part of my grocery bill.
I do get some coupons for frozen stuff and dairy but not nearly as many as I used to .. due to brand narrowing - they just dont' carry the brands I find coupons for anymore.
Disclaimer: any post made after midnight and before 8AM is made before the coffee dip stick has come up to optomim level - expect some level of silliness,
The absolute best food deal you can get is to befriend a farmer.
Meat should always come wrapped only in white butcher paper written on with a sharpie, never wrapped in cellophane.
Veggies come in brown paper bags or reused wal-mart plastic usually with dirt still attached and an occasional bug.
Many farmers will sell home canned or frozen produce after you get to know them.
But yeah, coupons for all the plastic, disposable China crap most of us use.....